Howard County Police are investigating a shooting outside a gas station in Columbia that left one man dead and two others injured.

The shooting happened just before 10 p.m. Monday at an Exxon on the 6000 block of Foreland Garth. Officers found a man outside the business with a gunshot wound after hearing gunshots, police said. He was transported to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he is listed in critical but stable condition, police said.

Two men suffering from gunshot wounds arrived at a Howard County emergency room around 10:10 p.m., where one man died, and the second was listed in critical but stable condition. Investigators believe they drove from the Exxon.

Howard County Police identified the man who died as Dylan Migel Perez, 24, of Baltimore.

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Perez’s mother, Sunny LaLuz, acknowledged that she and her son weren’t always on the same page. But she said they were close.

“He wasn’t perfect, but he was my perfect,” LaLuz told WJZ.

She said Perez was working his way to enroll in Morgan State University to get a business degree. She added that he was a loving brother, father and uncle.

“He was taking off and someone took him from me,” a tearful LaLuz told the news station. “They took him from his son, they took him from his niece, and they took him from his [cousins, father, brothers, and sisters].”

Police said the shooting was not random. Police are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information.

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Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 410-313-STOP or

WJZ, a media partner of The Baltimore Banner, contributed to this report.